Who is the "Phantom" in Jack Maggs's dreams and what does its death signify?

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The phantom is a presence that takes the form of Jack's inner demons. The phantom takes the form of various people who Jack has unresolved feelings/anger/guilt. These demons torment him. It seems to suggest that he has repressed much of his pain, but his subconscious is forcing him to deal with them.

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